Grave-tober 14 – Mary Dorr and the Frond Carver of MedwayLeave a comment
October 14, 2018 by Bret Kramer (aka WinstonP)
In Memory of
Mrs Mary Dorr, Relict
of Revd Jofseph
Dorr who died Apl
ye 9th 1776 in ye 77th
year of her age.
Duft thou art and unto duft
fhalt thou return………..
Mary Dorr‘s remains and marker can be found in the Old Mendon Cemetery in Mendon, Massachusetts, a small, mostly agricultural town in southern Worcester County. If you’re in the area, it is a picturesque spot – there’s even a small Quaker cemetery nearby, though since they rejected placing gravestones, there’s not much to see here.
Mary Dorr’s marker is notable not just for the overabundance of teeth, but for its carver Joseph Barbour Jr., “the Frond Carver of Medway”. Like William Young, Barbour was a part-time stone-carver who produced a rather idiosyncratic set of stones in the late 18th century.
Barbour produced several different types of stones, each unusual:
Call of Cthulhu Keepers, I suspect, will find the plant-topped markers the most interesting…
For more information on Barbour, see Joseph Barbour Jr.: The Frond Carver of Medway by Michael Cornish in Markers II.
(Mary Dorr was the daughter of Rev. Grindall Rawson, whose marker in the same cemetery bears a rather jaunty portrait of the minister, as noted by Harriette Forbes and others.)